Nevada

Nevada Lab First To Discover Salmonella, Cucumber Link

Sep 16, 2015
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An infectious disease testing laboratory in Reno was the first to spot the correlation between sick residents and cucumbers tainted with bacteria, an epidemic that has now hit 31 states. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has more.

At this point, 418 people including nine in Nevada have gotten sick from the bacteria Salmonella Poona. But before the CDC knew what was causing the outbreak, the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory was working to solve this problem.

Illegal Sports Betting Hurts Nevada Gaming Industry

Sep 10, 2015

It's football season and as Nevada race and sports books gear up for their busiest time of year, gaming officials warn against the dangers surrounding illegal sports betting.

The American Gaming Association estimates sports fans nationwide will wager $95 billion on NFL and college football games this season, the majority of which will come from illegal bets.

All week KUNR has been looking into the challenges of implementing the new Education Savings Account program for our series Nevada’s Gamble on School Choice. Some have questioned whether the program is unconstitutional because the funds can be used at private religious schools. The State Constitution says, “No public money of any kind…shall be used for sectarian purposes.” But some, including Kristopher Dahir the director of Excel Christian Academy in Sparks, say once parents are given an account, the money in it belongs to them similar to a tax refund.

State's 100-Day Rule Vexes Private School Parents

Aug 31, 2015
Alexa Ard

  This week our news team is taking an in depth look at the state's new Education Savings Account program in a five-part series called Nevada's Gamble on School Choice. To kick things off, our reporter Julia Ritchey tells us how private school parents are at arms over one of the most controversial elements of the law: the so-called 100-days rule. 

Before And After 'I Do': What's Next For Same-Sex Couples

Aug 28, 2015
Danielle Madeley / Creative Commons

With the legalization of same-sex marriage, some economists think Nevada’s weddings business could grow by roughly $30 million a year. But the wedding industry itself has been slow to react to this change and gay couples are still fighting for social acceptance. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at what same-sex couples in Washoe County can look forward to before and after they say “I do.”    

Bicycle Fatalities Are Up In Nevada

Aug 25, 2015
Nevada Department of Transportation

The Nevada Department of Transportation reports a 60 percent spike in the number bicycle fatalities compared to the same time last year.

There have been eight bicycle fatalities in Nevada so far this year. As of August 2014, there were only five: Three in Washoe County and one in Clark and Lyon Counties respectively. Every fatality thus far in 2015 has occurred in Clark. That’s a 700% increase for that area. NDOT spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says it’s difficult to pinpoint what’s happening but…

Record Number Of UNR Students Move Onto Campus

Aug 20, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

A record number of students descended upon the University of Nevada, Reno Thursday as another exciting year of higher education begins. 

Author's Basque Roots Inform Debut Novel

Aug 10, 2015

Gabriel Urza's debut novel, All That Followed, is generating a lot of national buzz. The author's name may be new to some, but his family's roots run deep in Nevada's Basque community — he's the grandson of renowned author Robert Laxalt. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey caught up with Urza about his new book and connection to the Silver State.

  

How Telehealth Impacts One Nevada Medical Practitioner

Aug 7, 2015
Esther Ciammachilli

 Yesterday, KUNR reported on the massive expansion of telehealth in Nevada. Some healthcare officials think this change will be more burdensome on a doctor’s routine, especially when they’re already spread thin. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli spoke to Carol Meyer, an APRN at a Renown family practice clinic in Fernley, through the teleheatlh network to see how this impacts her day-to-day practice. And don’t be alarmed by the laughter you hear in the background, it’s just Renown’s telehealth team who joined in on the session. 

democrats.org

Nevada has been chosen to host the first Democratic presidential primary debate, which will take place in October. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss explores why.

The Democratic National Committee made the announcement Thursday that Nevada will be among six states to host these primary debates. 

Fred Lokken teaches political science at Truckee Meadows Community College and has been studying state politics for decades. He says Nevada is one of about seven states that will ultimately decide America's next president.  

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